Monday, 28 April 2014

Free trial class at Ang Mo Kio on Sunday, 4th May

by TOG (The Office Gal)

Hi everyone!

Another free trial session, this time at Ang Mo Kio Community Centre!

Date: 4th May 2014 (coming Sunday)
Venue: Ang Mo Kio Community Centre (next to Kebun Baru market)
Time/ Age Groups: 3 to 5 year olds - from 11.15am to 12.00pm

We need you to register so we can limit the class size to a maximum of 10. Please email us at

You can click here to find out more about the various locations we do our classes...

Hurry, hurry, don't wait to book your FREE Trial Lesson!Our other 2 classes here are already full!

 Map of how to get to AMK Community Centre

We are at the Dance Studio on the 2nd Floor!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Understanding the importance of motor development

by a Contributor (Carmen Dodds, a qualified Occupational Pediatric Therapist)

Being able to participate in gross motor activities is essential to a child’s optimal development. Gross motor activities stimulate the basic foundations of physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.

Due to the current environments in which we live a child’s opportunity to participate in free outdoor play and sports in the backyard or local neighbourhood are under threat. This is particulalrly so with the rise in children using technology and sitting in front of a computer, I-Pad, smart phone, handheld game or television.

Developing motor skills  is essential 
to a child's optimal development
Image from Sarah Nicholl

Gross motor skills inherently develop and help refine fine motor skills which are required for school readiness; and are a precursor for literacy, numeracy and independent activities of daily living such as independent dressing and toileting.
So what are fine motor skills?  Fine motor skills require hand-eye coordination. “Fine motor” refers to “small muscles” which is the use of the small muscles of the hand or upper limb to manipulate and control items. A preschooler (ages  3-5 years) will begin to master skills such as manipulating buttons, control scissors, and begin to develop writing/drawing skills to copy letters, numbers and shapes.  These are the skills that will further develop with their transition to school when they will learn to write with good pen control; refine drawing; cut with scissors; use a computer and play a musical instrument.
Occupational Therapists treat motor skill difficulties in children.  Common problems seen in children with gross motor skill deficiencies include a lack of poor core stability; low muscle tone, a weakness in truck muscles and a decrease in shoulder and wrist stability. These children will lack a stable base of support required for balance and to coordinate tasks. This results in fatigue when required to sit at a desk and undertake fine motor tasks. The child may display a lack of attention, focus and concentration and become easily distracted and then distract others i.e. in a classroom setting.

The benefits of a preschooler participating in sport are endless. Besides developing gross motor skills and assisting to refine fine motor skills required for school, sport is a healthy alternative. It assists in developing team work skills; promotes problem solving skills; and builds healthy self- esteem.
Gross and fine motor skills are important for 
pre-schoolers to get them ready for school

The Ready Steady Go Kids program assists in motor development.  Warm up activities completed weekly such as jumping, hopping, skipping, galloping and heel-to-toe walking promote motor planning and bilateral control. The child will use and coordinate both sides of the body by participating in star jumps, scissor jumps and the sporting activities such as footy, cricket and T-ball where they catch and throw balls.  By participating in a variety of sports they undertake catching; kicking; batting and throwing and learn to control objects and coordinate these movements in a busy environment  on the court;  and later on in life when involved in a sporting game.

The Gross motor sports circuits set ups in the Ready Steady Go Kids program provide a multi-sensory experience for the child and focus on developing physical strength, balance and coordination. These mini sports circuits are goal focused and teach the child to take on a challenge and fulfil a set goal such as shooting a puck, kicking a goal, smashing a volley or putting around an obstacle. Participation in this active and structured multi-sport program for 45 minutes each week re-enforces the importance of keeping physically active; taking instruction from others; taking turns; cheering on team mates and ultimately having fun and getting enjoyment from playing sport!

Develop and refine motor skills with 
Ready Steady Go Kids (psst, its fun too!)

Submited by Carmen Dodds, Franchise Owner Western and CBD, Melbourne. Carmen is a qualified Occupational Pediatric Therapist.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Free Trial Lessons for Kallang on 12th April!

by TOG (The Office Gal)

Hi everyone!

We are starting Saturday afternoon classes at Kallang (The Cage) and we would like to welcome all of you who have never tried our classes before to come and register for a FREE Trial Lesson!

Date: 12th April 2014 (coming Saturday)
Venue: The Cage Kallang (near the National Stadium)
Time/ Age Groups: 4 to 6 year olds - from 4.15pm to 5.00pm and 2.5 to 4 year olds - from 5.15pm to 6.00pm

We need you to register so we can limit the class size to a maximum of 10. Please email us at

You can click here to find out more about the various locations we do our classes...

Hurry, hurry, don't wait to book your FREE Trial Lesson!

 Map of how to get to The Cage Kallang

We are at pitch 5 or 6!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Term 2 starts NOW!

by TOG (The Office Gal)

Hi everyone...

We are READY, STEADY and GO for Term 2!

The weekend starts with our classes at Bukit Timah and Punggol this Saturday, and then more on Sunday at Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Timah and Kallang.

HURRAH! We are back for Term 2!

Our full class schedule can be found on our website and we are so looking forward to it! Our trainers are having a special training session this Friday to prepare for the new term and we hope the kids like what they see (and do) for Term 2.

Here's a quick snapshot of what we have for the weekends...

Ang Mo Kio @ AMK Community Centre 
  • 9.15am to 10.00am for 5 to 7 year olds
  • 10.15am to 11.00am for 3.5 to 5 year olds
  • 11.15am to 12.00pm for 2.5 to 3.5 year olds

Bukit Timah @ The Cage Sports Park (Turf City) 
  • 9.15am to 10.00am for 3.5 to 5 year olds
  • 3.15pm to 4.00pm for 5 to 7 year olds
  • 4.15pm to 5.00pm for 3.5 to 5 year olds
  • 5.15pm to 6.00pm for 2.5 to 3.5 year olds

Kallang @ The Cage 
  • 4.15pm to 5.00pm for 4 to 6 year olds
  • 5.15pm to 6.00pm for 2.5 to 4 year olds

Punggol @ Sports Planet
  • 9.15am to 10.00am for 4 to 6 year olds
  • 10.15am to 11.00am for 2.5 to 4 year olds

So now you know! If you are not enrolled with us yet, and want to give it a try, you can call us and register for a trial lesson. Contact us via email ( or by phone (9855-8221). 

Hurry, and discover that learning sports (and motor skills) can be SO MUCH FUN!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Developing Fundamental Movement Skills in Singapore Children

by a contributor (Teresa Cheong from Lifebridges Communications)

Developing fundamental movements skills is good for a young child’s brain. Physical exercise makes young brains plastic and ready to take on new information.

At the physiological level, physical exercise turns on the prefrontal cortex, makes learning, thinking and memorizing faster. It also triggers new neural connections, enabling the brain to absorb more information. Exercise boostschildren’s brain development

Many parents in Singapore assume children will naturally know how to run, throw, jump and catch, but experts say this is not true. For young children, aged 2.5 to 6, fundamental movement skills must first be taught.

How kids run, throw, jump and 
catch is also a learning process
image from / Cathy Yeulet

What are fundamental movement skills

Children develop gross motor skills which are fundamental movement skills related to large muscle groups such as the arms, legs, feet and the entire body first - before developing fine motor skills. Fine motor skills involve learning how to use the hands and fingers for small movements such as writing and playing an instrument.

Helping your child develop gross motor skills between age 3 and 5 will lay a solid foundation for future physical dexterity and fitness.

Gross motor skills include:

· Locomotor skills: running, hopping, galloping, skipping, leaping

· Balance skills: movements such as bending, twisting, turning and stopping where the body remains in place but moves around its horizontal and vertical axes.

· Manipulative or ball skills: catching, throwing, kicking, striking, bouncing, underarm roll

Best time to learn fundamental movement skills

Early childhood is the best time to learn fundamental movement skills because:

-  Young children are keen learners. They enjoy learning how to move, control their bodies and coordinate their physical movements.

-  Young children are developing their thinking abilities, sense of initiative and autonomy.

-  These physical skills will boost a child’s confidence to participate in more complex sports and physical activities in the future.

Its best to start young!

Age-appropriate fundamental movement skills

Young children develop fundamental movement skills in stages. Ready Steady Go Kids – an Australian-based preschool exercise programme offers an age-appropriate physical exercise and multi-sport programme for preschoolers in Singapore.

Stage 1:

Ready group (2.5 to 3 years)

Emphasis is on learning gross motor skills and listening skills. At this stage, your child will learn how to concentrate and listen, follow directions, take turns and participate.

Stage 2:

Steady group (3 to 4 years)

Greater focus on developing gross motor skills (through locomotor and non-locomotor activities). Your child also begins to learn fine motor skills such as hand-eye and foot-eye activities, balance and posture.

Stage 3:

Go group (4 to 6 years)

Refining of physical movement skills learnt in previous stages - and preparing your child to actively participate in a variety of sports in primary school and beyond.

Find out more at ReadySteady Go Kids.